ST. LOUIS ― Community bankers, academics, policymakers and bank supervisors from around the world will meet virtually the afternoons of Sept. 30-Oct.1 for the eighth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference.
Given the nature of the virtual environment, the conference days will be condensed to 1-4 p.m. Eastern Time, with optional post-plenary meetings held at the end of each day. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard and Senior Vice President of Supervision Carl White will participate in the post-plenary discussions scheduled for the first day.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve System, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will host the conference via the WebEx online meeting platform, with the proceedings livestreamed on communitybanking.org.
This year’s keynote speakers include:
2020 CSBS National Survey of Community Banks
The first day of the conference will kick off with the results of the 2020 CSBS National Survey of Community Banks. Since 2014, the national survey has provided insights into the opportunities and challenges that banks faced during the previous year.
Special Panel: Community Banking in the Age of COVID-19
At 3:10 p.m. ET on the second day of the conference, a panel will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how community banks have been navigating through these turbulent times. The panelists will include:
Rhoshunda Kelly, interim commissioner, Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance, will moderate the discussion.
Research Papers and Authors
Eight papers were selected to be presented at this year’s conference. They include:
2020 CSBS Case Study Presentation
The winning team of this year’s CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition, Mississippi State University, will present its findings on the second day of the conference. This year’s topic was the impact of the Bank Secrecy Act and related anti-money laundering requirements on community banks.
For the complete conference agenda, see the conference website.
Media interested in participating in this invitation-only virtual event must register in advance with St. Louis Fed Media Coordinator Maria Hasenstab at email@example.com.